SaveTheInternet.com, May 17, 2012
True or false: The fastest broadband connections in the country come from Comcast, Time Warner Cable and other big telecom companies.
The answer: A big, fat FALSE. A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) shows that local governments build the fastest, most innovative broadband networks in the country.
“Broadband at the Speed of Light” is an in-depth case study of how three communities — Bristol, Va., Chattanooga, Tenn., and Lafayette, La.— built next-generation broadband networks that deliver a faster, more affordable Internet than their corporate competitors. These networks work better because they’re owned and run by the communities they serve — not by faceless companies headquartered hundreds of miles away that have little incentive to ensure everyone has decent broadband service.
ILSR runs the Community Broadband Networks site, a treasure trove of updates and resources about the state of community broadband. The organization has also produced a video that takes less than two minutes to convey why community broadband initiatives are key to how we get online in the 21st century: